On May 1, 2022, Sentec celebrated its 30th anniversary, marking three decades of remarkable achievements and success. Throughout the years, Sentec has undergone several transformations, adapting to the evolving landscape of the large-format printing industry.

Founded in 1992, Sentec International began its journey as a supplier of private label thermal papers. The choice of the name "Sentec" reflects the business's inception. It originates from the fusion of: "SENsitivity" and "TEChnics." These words were inspired by the technical characteristics of thermal papers, where sensitivity denotes the rapidity with which thermal paper can be printed.

In the subsequent years, the inkjet market continued its rapid evolution, witnessing the emergence of a diverse array of printers and technologies and a demand for large-format print media. Recognizing this trend, Sentec responded by expanding its portfolio to offer a range of CAD, poster, and photo papers.

In these years, Sentec developed a network of distributors within the EMEA area and established ties with  printer manufacturers. This resulted in the start of the OEM business in 2000.

In 2006, when business expanded, Sentec made the strategic decision to acquire its converting partner. This enabled us to streamline our operations and enhance control over production processes and further establish our position in the market.

The large-format print substrate market experienced innovation over the following years, due to advancements in materials, coatings, print technology and changing needs of customers.

In 2011, this resulted in an exclusive partnership with InteliCoat Technologies®, a world leader in the manufacture of coated papers, banners, roll-up films, and other specialty substrates for digital print applications, with the legendary brands of Magic Inkjet® and Museo Fine Art®. This strategic collaboration marked a pivotal moment for Sentec, allowing us to further refine and specialize our product offerings to meet the needs of our customers. But it marks mainly because not much later, Sentec took over the European branch of InteliCoat Technologies® and its employees.

Sentec has always had a strong market position by bringing innovative, specialized materials from overseas brands to the European marketplace. In 2017, we further strengthened our commitment to innovation and sustainability with an exclusive collaboration with Neenah, headquartered in the United States. This brand and its materials serve as eco-friendly alternatives to PVC-based materials, addressing the growing demand for sustainable solutions in the printing industry.

Market leadership

The year 2017 signifies another major moment in the history of Sentec, marking a significant shift in our strategy and market approach. In addition to representing overseas brands in Europe and offering a wide portfolio of large-format print media under the Sentec name, we started developing our own brands.

This strategic decision proved to be the right way ahead. Under the umbrella of Sentec, the DESARDI® brand has evolved into one of the market leaders in the field of printable wallcoverings. The brand is now distributed worldwide to various channels including distributors, printers, interior design firms, and global design brands.

With the Digital Magnetics® brand, Sentec is the largest European based suppliers of flexible, printable magnetic rolls and sheets. We uphold one of the largest inventories of printable magnets in Europe, ensuring the timely fulfillment of demanding delivery schedules. Digital Magnetics® stands out in the European visual communication market as the only brand fully dedicated to print magnets. Sentec does not offer industrial magnets or other magnetic components. This specialization distinguishes us from other suppliers in the marketplace, as we bring a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of digital printing.

Due to the success of DESARDI® in the interior decoration market, Sentec started a distribution agreement with DreamScape in 2020 to further expand its offering of printable wallcoverings. DreamScape is a brand of the Roysons Corporation, with headquarters in Rockaway New Jersey, USA. DreamScape is most commonly recognized for their leadership and expertise in commercial type II wallcoverings.

30 years of print expertise

Developments over the last 30 years have given Sentec a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of large-format digital printing. Over the years we have built up a large global network with various relationships, both customers and suppliers.